Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Ergun Caner (after The Baptist Courier, 1
Jan. '04 article):
He was born in 1966. He grew up a devout
Muslim in a devout Muslim family in Ohio, USA. He wore his Muslim attire to school and kept a
prayer rug in his locker. He was proud of his religion. Caner notes, "Every Muslim child
learns about the scales. The scales are terrifying. The Koran says if your scales are heavy,
you will live in paradise; but if your scales are light, you will find perdition. You have to
be 51% righteous to get to paradise." The balance scales compare the good deeds to the bad
deeds. So, Caner lived by the 5 pillars of Islam.
"But, there was this one kid...an obnoxious,
wouldn't-take-'no'-for-an-answer kid...who kept inviting me to things at his church. Sunday
school, youth retreats, lock-ins, everything. He wouldn't leave me alone. Finally, he wore me
down." Finally he went to the boy's church, & they loved him. The ridicule he expected
was absent. After hearing the pastor explain the purpose of Christ's crucifixion and
resurrection, he accepted Jesus as his Savior.
There is only one way...in view of the above
balance scales...of eternal assurance of paradise according to Islam: to die a martyr! "The
19 men who executed the 9/11 attacks on the USA weren't great Muslims...they were desperate
Muslims." It had come to Caner clearly:
"I realized Jesus strapped Himself to the
cross so I didn't have to strap myself to a bomb."
Caner's father disowned him when he told him about
his new faith in Christ. That was the last time he saw his father for 17 years! Harsh? Caner
notes, "It's not that bad. The Koran says, 'If anyone changes his Islamic religion, kill
him.' In 38 countries around the world, that is exactly what happens. But my father didn't
kill me; he just disowned me." That above Christian church and its members became his
Eventually, both of his brothers, his mother, and
his grandmother came to faith in Jesus (his dad died a Muslim). He became professor of
theology and church history at Liberty University. Ergun Caner was the President of Liberty Theological
Seminary at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. When Caner was named to the position in
2005, he became the first former Muslim to become the leader of an evangelical
As an aside to this testimony, you might be
interested in Muslims for Jesus and a note about the extreme objection of Muslims to the truth that Jesus was
crucified on the cross...and why Islam is a global terror threat [HERE].
In the meantine (by 2015), contoversy has swirled about Ergun, HERE (this posting sounds highly opinionated to me).
***give me your comments about this
(posted 1 January 2004; latest update 26 August
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now